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How common is it for Caucasians to take up Singapore Citizenship?

By Elena Kwa
Lead Consultant, Immigration@SG LLP (IASG)

The decision to take up a Singapore Citizenship is an entirely personal choice / decision. It is not based on the ethnicity or nationality of the individual. Although majority of the conversion to Singapore Citizenship come from neighbouring countries, South East Asians (i.e. Malaysians, Indonesians, Indians, etc) and Chinese, statistics have shown that an increasing number of Caucasians taking up Singapore Citizenship in recent years.

Apply For Singapore P.R. | Does being a Ph.D student help?

Short answer: no.

Only the following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for permanent residence:

  • Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
  • Aged Parents of a SC
  • Employment Pass/ S Pass holders
  • Investors

Why Proper Paperwork & Documentation is Important when Applying for Singapore PR : 3 Common Mistakes

With thousands of Singapore PR applications flowing through each month, how does one ensure that their application is being viewed and considered fairly by the authorities? Bearing in mind that 99% of PRs get approved via the documentation submitted during the ICA eAppointment (without attending a face-to-face interview), applicants who are serious about getting their Singapore PR application approved, should read on.

Can a Singapore PR apply for a visa for a family member?

Yes, it is one of the advantages of becoming a PR: a Singapore PR may apply for Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for his/her first degree family members i.e. Spouse, children (below the age of 21 years old) and parents. This will allow the family member(s) to stay long term in Singapore (minimum up to 1 year). However, the LTVP holder will not be allowed to work under this pass. The LTVP will be under the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) purview instead of under Ministry of Manpower (MOM), as in the case of Dependent Passes (DP) or LTVPs of a work pass holder (SPass / EP / PEP).

National Service and PRs. What do you need to know?

While the government grants PRs many benefits, there are also certain obligations that is required on the individual. One of which is National Service. Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents are liable to register for national service upon reaching 16½ years old. They are liable to serve two years when they turn 18, followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service every year until they turn 50 years old, for officers, and 40 years old for other ranks.

How does IASG help in your PR application?

We at IASG promise to professionally map out your Singapore PR application from start to finish based on our specialist knowledge in immigration policiesHaving worked with thousands of applicants, our system is not only proven, but systematically handholds all our clients that choose to work with us through the process in a manner that is designed to provide minimal hassle. IASG will:

What are the benefits of being a Singapore PR?

A Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) refers to someone who has been given Singapore PR status by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. They however are not full-fledged Singapore Citizens.

Singapore PRs have the right to live, work and integrate into the fabric of Singaporean society just like ordinary citizens. As a Singapore PR, one stand to enjoy, amongst many things:

What Makes A Strong PR Application?

Our economic forefathers have always reiterated how, as a small nation, the people will always be our natural resource. While Singapore is on a constant need to bolster and reinforce its human workforce to enjoy sustained economic growth, the criteria in selecting the right candidates for Singapore Permanent Residency remain strategically vital to the country. With thousands of Singapore PR applications going through review monthly, it is important for applicants to fully understand some of the contributing factors* affecting their applications. These includes but not limited to:

Besides Employment, what are other ways one can become a Permanent Resident of Singapore?

There are two (2) schemes for foreigners to apply for Singapore Permanent Residency (PR). The first scheme would be the Form 4A Scheme for Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS). This scheme is eligible for any foreigners holding the following passes:

Getting PR in Singapore | Why Singapore Permanent Resident Applications Get Rejected

With a plummeting birth rate and ageing population, it might seem odd that such a high number of Singapore permanent residency (PR) applications get rejected. The truth is, immigration is a complex topic with many factors at play. Getting a PR in Singapore is not as easy as it seems. There is a long list of requirements for PR acceptance by the Singaporean government, which can be daunting for applicants.

That’s where we come in. In this blog, we offer insight into getting PR in Singapore as well as the more common reasons that PR applications tend to get rejected. Our Immigration Specialists have a deep understanding of the system, leveraging this knowledge to help expatriates from across the globe discover a new life in Singapore. Read more here and get in touch if you have any questions!

Singapore is deemed as one of the safest countries to live in, especially amongst the other Southeast Asian countries. Throughout the years, Singapore has gained world class recognition in the following:

  • No. 1 Investment destination in Asia
  • The world’s easiest place to do business
  • Best business environment in Asia Pacific and the world
  • Top 6 in the world for least corruption in the economy
  • Most transparent country in the world
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